Enormous sums have been poured into the aerospace industry. How does industry here on Earth benefit from this investment? A conversation with retired astronaut Thomas Reiter of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Nicola Baumann and Insa Thiele-Eich are the winners of the "Die Astronautin" competition. One of them will be the first German woman in space - if the initiative can scrape together 40 million euros in funding.
In 60 years of space exploration, we've placed almost 7,000 satellites in orbit. Less than a third still function. The rest is dangerous junk - and their number is growing. Here's how we might mitigate the threat.
Three new astronauts are on their way to the ISS. DW asked Thomas Reiter, the German coordinator of the ISS program, what advice he would offer them, and if he wouldn't rather be up there himself.
He started his career as a printer and socialist boy scout. Then he became a fighter pilot, cosmonaut and political icon. After communism Sigmund Jähn remained dedicated to space exploration and science.
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